The Standard Hotel to launch Isla restaurant, then bring Casamia chef to London

Hotel group Standard International has announced the launch of its first site outside of the US. The Standard, which will open in King’s Cross in July, will first feature a restaurant led by executive chef Adam Rawson, and a standalone bar with cocktails, craft beers and New York-style snacks.

The all-day restaurant, Isla, will offer “laid-back, elegant dining from a seasonal menu, with a predominantly natural wine list”, according to the team. It will be “integrated with the lobby and library”, and will also come with a garden terrace in one of King’s Cross’ new residential zones.

Rawson trained under Nuno Mendes before launching burger bar Lucky Chip, and then the Peruvian-inspired restaurant Pachamama. Isla will focus on Britain’s coastal regions, with “lighter” proteins. Fish, then, and plenty of greenery.

Rawson said: “I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of creating menus which reflect the distinct personalities of Double Standard and Isla. Double Standard is going to be a more raucous, convivial space, so I’ve come up with a selection of elevated snacks perfect for sharing (or soaking up a few pints).

“Isla’s menu will be more delicate and much lighter – perfect for enjoying in the summer sunshine.”

The Standard will also open a second restaurant and bar during a later phase of the launch.

In late summer, chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias will launch on the 10th (and top) floor. It will mark his first opening in the capital. You might know his name from his Bristol restaurant Casamia, as well as his more casual Paco Tapas, also in the city.

Casamia, as reporters will recall, was voted the UK’s #1 place to eat in the Harden’s 2019 survey. So there could be something quite special coming to the capital.

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